Collins Sees The Light, Says Lagares Will Be Out There Everyday

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On a day when Juan Lagares was supposed to get the game off, the rising star was inserted into the starting lineup after Eric Young Jr. was scratched with a bruised right cheekbone.

The results? Lagares went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Lagares is now batting a team leading .338 and would rank fifth in the National League but is 11 at-bats short of qualifying. His .867 OPS and .507 slugging also leads the team.

His double gave him a total of four two-baggers during the four-game series in Colorado,

“He is going to be out there the majority of the time, he’s got to be,” Terry Collins said after Saturday night’s game.

“He’s showing he’s the future and he’s getting better at it…right now he’s getting on base and doing all the things we want him to.”

“People don’t score on him when he has the baseball in his hands,” the manager continued. “He’s our everyday guy.”

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